The End of Summer

The End of Summer

With school less than two weeks away, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve spent this summer. By far, this was the busiest summer of my life so far. Admittedly, the majority of it was spent away from home. Over 6 weeks were. These weeks were a mix of vacationing, working and studying. But I’ve learned a lot.

One, I now know that I love independence. I love being off on my own. With being homeschooled nearly my whole life, I haven’t had a whole lot of freedom. But this summer was quite the opposite. And I loved every second of it. The weeks I have been home were spent working and earning as much money as I can.

I’m officially home for the year though. Just got home today in fact. In a way, school starts for me today. Some of it at least. I take the ACT on September 12th and so this next month will be spent studying my butt off for that. I refuse to take it twice. I’ll also be writing a whole lot. I need to finish that book I promised I would, right?

Other than that, these next few weeks will be spent tying up loose ends, finishing projects I started throughout the summer and filling out the Common Application. For all you other rising Seniors, you know how much stress applying to college can be. I’ve waited till now to start the process and that may or may not have been a good idea. But I have a question for you. Would you recommend applying to a lot of colleges or only a few? I’m kinda lost on this matter.

I hope to keep posting on here during the school year, but God only knows if I’ll have the time then. I hardly even have the time these days. We’ll see.
Ashlyn Taylour

Being Negative can Sometimes be Good

Being Negative can Sometimes be Good

Depending on a person’s point of view, being negative can be both a good and a bad thing. Exactly how is this possible? Shouldn’t people be positive? Happy? Uplifting? Of course, they should. But being negative can sometimes be a good thing and here’s why.

First, let’s take an example of when being negative is a bad thing. Say you and your friends have a massive fight. Screaming, and eventually you stop talking. Cut communications. At this point, you’ve procrastinated big time on your assignments due in school and your grades are slipping. Your annual cheer meet is coming up and you’re the captain. However, your demeanor is negative because of you and your friend’s ‘breakup.’ At the cheer meet, you don’t give a full effort and don’t smile.. once. You just emit negativity. In the end, your team loses the cheer meet and that just magnifies your negativity.

Now, an example of when being negative is a good thing. Let’s suppose you and someone of the opposite gender participate in fornication and there’s a minuscule chance you may be pregnant. If this were to be the case, your whole future of attending an Ivy League college and going to graduate school would be sacrificed. Plus there’s a chance you wouldn’t be able to do the annual cheer meet. You go to Walgreens and purchase a test. You’re desperately hoping the result of this test will NOT be positive. You take the test and alas, it’s a negative result! The future you’ve always dreamed of is still intact. In this case, being negative is a good thing.

Both of these scenarios lead to the question: should I be positive or negative then? It’s entirely up to the individual and the situation they are in.

I, personally, have been trying to be an overall more positive person lately. In order to do that, I obviously consider negativity a bad thing. But in a few years, who knows? I may want to be negative. Ultimately, the decision of whether you’ll be negative or positive is yours.

I wanted to write something random and weird so here you go. Let me know what you thought and if you want more posts similar to this.

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The SAT and Butt Cramps

The SAT and Butt Cramps

I’m currently a junior in the oh so fabulous, high school. This means I’ve had tests upon tests shoved in my face. These tests consist of a seemingly never-ending list of multiple choice questions. I’ve taken the SAT, AP tests, and I will take the ACT soon. Now for those of you who have no idea what any of these are, let me elaborate.

But more specifically, let me elaborate on the SAT or rather, the Scholastic Aptitude Test. I’d prefer to refer to it as the Stupid *** Test, but I don’t cuss, so just pretend I never said that.

Now, the SAT is a pure 3 hours and 45 minutes of torture that I endured through for the first time on May 2, 2015. Just a mere 21 days ago. While I SAT (oh my gosh, aren’t I punny?) there for this time, my butt started to cramp up and it just wasn’t the best day of my life.

I’d rather not give you a whole explanation all about this test, but basically it’s essential that you score well on it to get in any decent college. I’m rather hard on myself, and while I took this test, I often found myself running short on time. At the end of the test, I was feeling rather dejected and my expectations were that I didn’t do as well as I could have.

I just got my results for the SAT this morning. But before, I talk more on that, here’s some background.

My mom is, well, rather strict on me. I’ve taken the PSAT twice in the past (which is basically a practice SAT) and I am a National Merit Scholar. In other words, I scored really high on the PSAT. In addition to this, my mother bought a SAT study guide for me and she made me study for the SAT an hour each and every school day.

To be completely honest, I didn’t exactly adhere to her instructions as well as I should have. But the week before the test, I worked hours and hours expanding my vocabulary (A tip for those of you planning to take the SAT: start learning vocabulary words early. At least one a day. Cramming them all in at the end is just a recipe for failure.) because I’ve always scored lower in vocab sections of tests.

So I did study for this test before I took it, unlike most people I know. And this studying payed off. I got a total score of 2080 out of 2400. And the average for this test is 1500. So I got above average. To put this into perspective: 75% of Harvard students scored above 2100 on their SAT.

I’m happy with my score because while I don’t plan on attending Harvard next year, I do want to go to a higher-end college. My expectations for my test were higher before I went in to take the test and then lower after I actually took it. The test turned out more challenging than I expected.

I will be re-taking this test in the fall and I’m sure I’ll score higher. And this time, I’ll know what to expect. I’m prepared for my butt to ache and I’m prepared to run short on time. Maybe I’ll just bring a pillow to sit on and move my #2 pencil (not mechanical) a millisecond faster.
What is your experience with the SAT? Did you meet your expectations? Or the ACT? I’ll be taking the ACT soon, so please share any advice you have.
Ashlyn Taylour